How to Clean Your Own Oven

Filed under: Home Cleaning

Now that the busy holiday season is over, it’s possible that all your cooking and baking has left your oven a disaster area. Before you get to work cleaning it, it’s important to ask yourself what type of oven you own: Is it a continuous-cleaning (textured) oven, or a self-cleaning oven?

If you have a continuous-cleaning oven, keep in mind that you should never use any cleaning method that involves scrubbing the textured surface. This can damage it and make it even harder to clean in the future.

If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can always turn on the self-cleaning feature and let it do the work for you by incinerating the old food gunk at a very high temperature. But there are a few problems with this feature:

  • Self-cleaning ovens use a lot of energy (not very green!)
  • It will heat up your house
  • It can leave a lingering, burning odor in your home
  • Using the self-cleaning feature can shorten the life of your oven over time

For the above reasons, you may choose to clean your oven by hand. You will need a chemical that reacts to the cooked-on gunk, loosens it, and helps you wipe it out easily. Are you picturing smelly, harsh chemicals that can burn your skin and make your food taste bad for days after using it? Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case; simple baking soda and water will do the trick! Just follow these five easy steps:

  1. Remove your oven racks and sweep out any loose debris
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the gunk at the bottom of your oven
  3. Spritz with water until a thick paste forms
  4. Let the solution sit overnight
  5. In the morning, simply wipe away all that old grime and goo!

It’s that easy! For a refresher course, check out our video below. Or, for more help, give us a call at MaidPro of Temecula and Murrieta (951) 506-6100